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  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052WBI0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Yes are one of the most innovative and successful rock bands of all time with a career that now spans five decades. Filmed in high definition, this concert from 2001 captures the band accompanied by a full orchestra for the first time in their career in support of their symphonic album Magnification. As well as tracks from that album the band present unique new versions of their classic tracks. Yes concerts have always had a power and grandeur that few other bands can match and this show with the full orchestra takes them to an even higher level that can now be appreciated in its full glory on Blu-ray. Bonus Features - 30 minute Dreamtime documentary andPromo Video for Don t Go

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Yes have about 19 different concerts available on the market, from all different eras, with countless different line-ups and of differing quality. Yes Symphonic Live has the unique selling point of being performed live in conjunction with a Symphony Orchestra.

The sound and visuals are top notch (apart from some cheesy, but thankfully short animations) and there are no major complaints to be made about the camera work or editing. The sound is equally impressive, balancing your need to hear the band's performance with your desire to hear the Orchestra's addition well.

The actual performance is strong too, this concert stands on its own merits and is not worthwhile only because of the Orchestra's involvement. Howe, White, Squire and Anderson are on rare form and deliver classic material like "And You And I" and "Long Distance Runaround" with passion and precision.

The tracklisting too, is perfect for this type of event. The material concentrates on Yes's grander and more symphonic works, the band manage to play three of their longest compositions "Close to the Edge," "The Gates of Delirium," and "Ritual" all in the same three hour concert. The track listing comprises primarily of material from the band's classic Wakeman/Howe/Anderson period (from `The Yes Album,' until `Going For The One') although there are one or two songs from their post millennial, orchestral album `Magnification,' in addition to the 1980s smash hit "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," which is the sole Trevor Rabin composition in the set.

Despite the heavy leanings on Wakeman era material, Rick himself is absent from the band during this recording and the keyboards are handled by the talented Tom Brislin, who makes a more than capable replacement.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fish on Legs on 4 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
I was 'lucky' enough to have seen Yes live in 2004 at Wembley Arena on their 35th Anniversary tour. It wasn't the best concert I've ever seen, but then it was Wembley with its famous accoustics (if it takes you 8 bars to recognise 'going for the one' you're in trouble). However, I'd have given my eye teeth to have been at one of the Symphonic concerts if this DVD is any indication of what they were like! It's recordings like this which make you want to weep with frustration that you weren't there. Personally, I thought the chappie playing keyboards (a young Ben Stiller look-alike) was not only talented but also enthusiastic which made him an improvement on the perenially miserable Wakeman (sorry Rick - but the BBC don't have you on 'Grumpy Old Men' for nothing - even if you do manage to crack the odd smile on the YesSpeak documentary). The band were positive and very 'together' and the orchestra - any time they're having a party, I'm in there! Nobody - at all - seemed to be having anything other than a good time! Especially the oboe player and the French horns! I've never seen an orchestra get up and start dancing along before this... We've had the DVD for about three weeks and have watched it about 15 times by now.
If you're pondering about which concert DVD to get - don't. House of Yes is OK. 35th Anniversary Tour is OK. But this is sublime. AND you get the bonus of a CD of some of the concert too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Youri on 8 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
Get this DVD, find three hours of spare time (some good wine may also come handy), and enjoy the Yes magic: you will be amazed at the quality of this show!
At last the magic and power of Yes performance was caught on DVD with proper quality both of video and audio - the picture and sound are both great, DTS surround track is incredible.
I am not going to give you the details - you will see it yourself, here is just my impression of this magnificent show.
The band is at its best - the musicians are enjoying the show, and the orchestra gives the band as good as it gets, really having a good time on stage. The interaction of the band and the orchestra is a creative one; they complement each other giving Yes music another dimension: just check the brilliant performance of my all-time Yes favorites "The Gates of Delirium" and "Close to the Edge"!
Standing ovation of the audience is its way of sincere appreciation of timeless music and unforgettable evening.
This DVD is an exemplary case when everything's in proper place: excellent performance of the band/orchestra and exceptional quality of DVD itself. This is definitely the best Yes DVD so far.
This DVD is a must - you will enjoy the show over and over again!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
Symphonic probably marks the high point of Yes DVD's so far. If you love Yes, you'll love this. If you dislike them, you will loath it beyond all comprehension. Good! I loved Keys to Ascension (the last one), but here things are lifted to the next level. But -I'll get it over with now; this is basically the tour for the Magnification album. No bad thing, but it does mean, of course, that Rick Wakeman isn't on board. Which is a pity for Wakeman-heads like myself. I appreciate that not everyone likes Rick -fine. You won't worry then. Me, I miss him. Tom Brislin is great, no question, but for me, Rick was always the greatest keyboardist of all time. (with Yes, or solo. If you choose to disagree, then fair enough -I would be the last to impose my views upon anyone). Tom does a worthy job however, albeit without quite the subtlety (yes, I did say that) creativity and delicate touch Rick brings. Good for all that though.
But this concert is wonderful. All the classic Yes members are on top form -Jon is in the best voice I've ever heard him; Chris is his usual ballistic self on bass, and particularly with Ritual, we finally have a visual of his use of bass as a lead instrument (rare indeed). Alan is as quick and crisp as he's ever been, and Steve is floating off somewhere in the majority of tracks with that beautiful touch only he can provide since the tragic death of Rory Gallagher. Oh, and the European Festival Orchestra is with them. Did I forget to mention that? (shark-like grin). And they are terrific; they lend a power, creativity and a depth to the huge scale of Yes's always classically influenced music that brings it into a new dimension, and their enthusiasm is astouding.
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